Ready for a three-day party? After successfully debuting last year’s paulistano version of the 22-year-old US festival, Lollapalooza returns to its Jockey Club location – this time going on for an extra day to accommodate an even longer bill. Four stages will be playing host to more than fifty international and Brazilian acts, from the bombast of prominent bands like Queens of the Stone Age (6.45pm on 30 March) to the work of electronic DJs like SP’s Bruno Barudi who opens the festivities at noon on 29 March.
Later that Friday afternoon, shadowy Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles appear in promotion of their slightly toned-down record (III), but despite their newfound subtlety in lieu of the pure white noise of previous records, and despite the daytime slot, the show looks set to be an intense one. Closing out the first night, Las Vegas chart toppers The Killers bring their majestic brand of rock to São Paulo for a third time.
Saturday afternoon gets a strong but strange metal punch from a lineup boasting Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton and members from Helmet, The Jesus Lizard and The Melvins, playing as hard-to-classify super-group Tomahawk. Their newly-made Oddfellows showcases an aural palette flirting with spy movie jazz and prog rock, but the veteran alt-rockers tend toward muscular, heavy riffing and simmering textures thrown off by unexpected time changes.
Following them on the Butantã stage, Franz Ferdinand are back for their fifth São Paulo trip – it will hopefully prove less eventful than last year, when their set at the free Cultura Inglesa Festival was marred by military police unleashing teargas against the huge crowd of fans that turned up and were unable to get in.
Like Franz Ferdinand, the second night’s headliners, The Black Keys (above) make their Brazilian debut in advance of the release of their forthcoming, as yet untitled album. It’s probably for the better as the bluesy garage rock duo have yet to do wrong, and they’ll likely draw heavily from 2011’s Grammy-winning El Camino.
The final day’s schedule is punctuated by more garage rock, with an early evening jolt from everyone’s favourite high-speed rock ’n’ roll Swedes, The Hives. With their reputation for frenetic performances and mandatory audience participation demanded by frontman Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, the strictly black-and-white-clad band may squeeze out the majority of the attendees’ remaining energy.
But for those who plan on toughing it out, rain or shine, to the very end, British electro disco band Hot Chip will be providing the unapologetically nerdy, upbeat dance tracks like ‘Ready for the Floor’ and ‘I Feel Better’, before the festival concludes with Seattle grunge pioneers Pearl Jam. The quintet haven’t released a studio album since 2009’s Backspacer, but as they’re revered for the strength of their shows’ unpredictable song selections, they should provide a fitting close to a monumental weekend.